9 Tips to Help You Create the Best, Coziest Home Library Ever!

cozy home libraryAre you a book lover? Are you someone who craves a comfortable location for you to unwind and relax after a long day at work? Then a home library might be needed in your future!

When considering how to create your very own home library, it might seem like quite a daunting task to undertake. You’ll need to pick the right space, colors that suit you and your home, and even how to organize your books.

Luckily, we’ve made a list of 9 tips to help you create the best home library for your home ever! Check out our tips below to help you get started today!

Pick the Right Location – The location of your home library is the first thing you need to figure out before anything else happens. Depending on your home’s layout and how much space you have, you should try to select an area that isn’t loud and isn’t very heavily trafficked to be your home library. If you don’t have much space, you don’t have to give up an entire room – a corner of a quiet den or guest bedroom works well, too!

Assess Your Storage Needs – After you’ve selected the location for your library, you should determine how many books you have and assess your storage needs. Do you want your library to store all the books you own? Would you prefer your library to just be a peaceful sanctuary? Answering these questions will determine if your library is better suited to having floor-to-ceiling bookshelves or something as simple as open shelving.

Choose a Color Scheme – Now it’s time to get creative! In the past, libraries were traditionally adorned with burgundy, hunter green, or dark brown walls, but these days, it’s quite common to find libraries in light, calming colors or bright hues. Choose the color scheme that you feel represents you and your library. Remember what you want your library’s purpose to fulfill in your home – the color can help you achieve that feeling!

Figure Out a Furniture Plan – Next is figuring out what to do with your furniture. You’ll want to make sure you provide yourself with a great place to sit to relax or to read. Determine how many chairs, tables, lamps, or sofas you will need according to your square footage to make your library comfortable, cozy, and functional. If you don’t have much space to play with, a few oversized chairs and a small table can work perfectly. Make sure you have enough lighting to suit your needs!

Secure the Bookshelves – Your shelves will be holding quite a bit of weight, so make sure that your bookshelves are secure with proper anchors and supports into the studs. If you aren’t sure how to determine the weight and point loads, ask a professional carpenter to lend you a hand in hanging and securing your shelving.

Light Up the Room – Lighting is essential in a library. You might have sufficient daylight during the day, but you will probably need more than just a simple lamp come nighttime. Consider adding side table lamps and accent lighting to complement your overhead lighting so you may have better reading light. A dimmer to your overhead light can also make the room more versatile for snuggling with a book and hot chocolate or partaking in board games as well.

Combine Your Library and Office Successfully – If you want to make your home library act as your home office as well, ask yourself a few questions before putting the room together. How many people will use the space at a time? Will the room require a computer, printer, fax machine, printer, or other large equipment? Will there be enough room to share with the library? After you answer these questions, you should be able to successfully combine your library and home office to serve two functions in one room.

Look Up for Optimum Space Saving – Is your space limited? Why not use the height of your room to store and display your books? Don’t forget that the space over your doorways can be used as an additional area for storage or display as well!

Maximize the View – Even though constant natural light can be very detrimental to books, you don’t have to shut your library in a dark room. Besides, who doesn’t love reading and daydream by a bay window or a picture window? A little bit of natural light will lift your spirits and raise your creativity level while your relax or enjoy your favorite books. Just don’t display your books in direct sunlight!

You don’t have to be a total book enthusiast to have a home library. Create a relaxing haven for yourself by using our tips above to help you create the perfect home library for your home!

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10 Ways You Can Conquer the Move!

moving tipsWhether you’re moving out of Mom and Dad’s house for the first time or are an experienced mover, there are things to learn each time you move.  The more prepared you are, the easier the transition will be.

One bit of advice is to not underestimate the amount of time it will take to prepare for the move.  While a move, if necessary, can be thrown together in a couple weeks, the most successful moves are those that are thoughtfully orchestrated.  Starting the process a few months ahead will leave fewer things that can go wrong when the date actually arrives.

You’ll want a fresh start at your new place.  This is a good time to purge the things you thought you needed to save from the last move or some of the many things you may have accumulated over the years.  Think about weeding out some of the items that you haven’t used or even seen for the last year or two.  How much do you love those items? Do they coordinate with your new home?  Do they deserve your attention and time going forward? Do the clothes fit? Do you even like them?  Have your kids outgrown their toys?   As you move along keep the three R’s in mind:  reduce, reuse, and recycle.  Reduce your stuff to things you really love or need at your new residence. Reuse blankets, soft t-shirts, and even socks to wrap fragile items, and recycle anything you can by passing it on to someone who wants or needs it, maybe even a member of your moving crew.

In our June 5 blog we mentioned some essential moving tools that you truly won’t want to be without.  They are so important that it bears repeating.  Here’s a quick list:

·      Sharpies

·      Tape gun

·      Box knife

·      Blankets

·      Furniture dolly

·      Rope

·      Plastic wrap

·      Walkie-talkies

Armed with these tools you’re ready to begin.

As soon as you know that you’re moving is a perfect time to start packing.  Don’t let it overwhelm you; just starting is step one.  Don’t let the move defeat you!  Conquer it!  Here’s how.

Start early.  Don’t wait till there’s not enough time.  Start by setting the exact moving date and assemble your moving crew or your moving company.   Enlist your soldiers—family and friends—and promise them to reciprocate when they move next.  (wink, wink) They’ll appreciate the advanced notice.

Think thin. By that we mean to lighten your load; take just the important things.  You’ll be so much happier if you get to the new house and aren’t looking at and trying to find places for things that you don’t even use.

Label everything.  You won’t be sorry.  Label your boxes according to which room you want them to be placed in as well as what’s in the box.  You’ll probably not be able to unpack every box at your new home on day one, so you’ll appreciate not having to dig through 10 different boxes to find your favorite pair of shoes.

Pack one room at a time.  This will help you stay organized and help keep from having random boxes all over the place.

Think outside the box.  If you know for sure that some of your things will go straight to the basement, garage, or attic at your new home, invest in some plastic storage bins for these items.  Try to get clear bins so that you can easily see what’s inside.

Nest boxes.  By that we mean if you have some small boxes, put several into a larger box.  It will be less likely that one of the small ones will be misplaced during the moving process and require less back and forth trips.

Keep your personal information with you.  Transport your personal documents, checkbook, and financial documents yourself.  This will eliminate the possibility of identity theft, losing or misplacing any of these items, and make them available if you need them right away.

Keep your valuables with you.  Of course, everything you have is valuable, but we’re referring to jewelry, artwork, and other collections you may have.

Have a box for essentials.  Essential items will vary from family to family but could include things like bathroom tissue, sheets, paper towels, soap, bath towels, basically anything you might need right away.

Take inventory.  Make a list of everything you’re moving, especially if you’re using professional movers.  Have someone check as the items go on the truck, and then again when they are taken off the truck.

Now you have everything you need to prepare for your move.  A new adventure is waiting.   If you’re just beginning your home search give us a call at 618-791-5024 or 618-791-9298 or visit us online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com!  We’ll help you every step of the way!